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Laslo Benedek

Laslo Benedek

László Benedek was a Hungarian-born film director.Born in Budapest, he worked as a writer and editor in Hungarian cinema until World War II. Louis B. Mayer helped the Jewish Benedek escape and brought him to Hollywood where he directed his first film for MGM in 1944 as a stand-in.

He gained wide recognition for his direction of 1951's Death of a Salesman for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and a Best director nomination from the Directors Guild of America. However, it was for his directorial efforts on his next project that László Benedek is best remembered. His 1953 motorcycle gang film The Wild One caused a storm of controversy and was banned in the United Kingdom until 1968.

László Benedek spoke several languages and directed in Germany, making the 1955 film Kinder, Mütter und ein General and in France in 1960, directing Recours en grce. In Hollywood, Benedek went on to make more motion pictures but also became a significant director of television series beginning with the Perry Mason series in 1957. As well, he directed episodes of other shows including The Outer Limits, Mannix, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Untouchables, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

Benedek died in 1992 in The Bronx, New York.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Laslo Benedek Facts

BirthdayMarch 5, 1905
BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary
Date of deathMarch 11, 1992 (Bronx, New York, USA, age 87)
Awards1952 Golden Globe Awards: Best Director - Motion Picture (for Death of a Salesman)

Selected Filmography

Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 2
The Wild One
The Night Visitor
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
The Man With The Power
Stanley Kramer Film Collection
The Outer Limits
Wolf 359
Bengal Brigade
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